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    Idol Beat: So Long, Siobhan

    The product placement reached new heights, too. The Ford ad had a whole making-of featurette to go with it, plus the remaining six singers attempted some voice-over work in a plug for DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, coming this summer to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sam Sneed: Christian Rappers Are Not Gangstas

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Win Two Dead Weather Tickets In Rocks Off's Facebook Contest

    UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): We have a winner for the Dead Weather tickets, but please add us anyway, because we'll have more giveaways in a day or so. Flora Sigismondi ? Alright gang, we promised you a contest last week for some Dead Weather ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Five Songs We Don't Want To Hear At Buzzfest

    ? This Sunday, Craig's Hlist embarks on one of the most dangerous adventures of his music-journalism career, covering BuzzFest XXIV out at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It will be our first go-round at the bi-annual modern-rock radio ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rocks Off Sets You Straight On Musical Happy Hours

    ? On newsstands now - or soon, depending on where in the metro area you live - you will find the Houston Press' new cover story, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" - a guide to Jimmy Buffett's discography our city's varied, vibrant happy-hour sce...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
  • Article

    Dope House Records Invades San Antonio

    Carolyn Rodriguez moves the Fiesta crowd. If you know anything about San Antonio's annual Fiesta celebration, you know it's a two-week excuse to show up three hours late to work hung over and throw up in your company's restroom a few times throu...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on April 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Mike Stinson's Paranoid-Musician Nightmares

    From time to time, Rocks Off thought we'd ask both local and touring musicians to tell us the worst gig they've ever played, in the hopes that the next one won't be quite so awful. We asked Houston honky-tonk transplant Mike Stinson, whose new CD The...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
  • Article

    Porn-Loving SEC Employees Deserve A Helping Hand

    When we heard news that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) employees were watching porn while our country's economy was crashing, it didn't surprise us ... at all. Yeah we know, the SEC was formed to police Wall Street, and while the culprits...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on April 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Twitter You've Heard Of (Grrr), But What's a Drobot?

    ? Rocks Off's sister music blogs have been kicking ass on music analysis lately. At The Sound of The City, critic Christopher R. Weingarten talks about how Twitter and search-engine optimization (SEO) are ruining music journalism. And if y...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 28, 2010 @ 11:15 am
  • Article

    A Day At The Beach For Beyonce, Dad

    One of the things Rocks Off is most grateful for is our Google alert for Beyonce, which provides us with a never-ending stream of amusing and occasionally newsworthy anecdotes concerning the escapades of Houston's hometown diva and her extended famil...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am
  • Article

    Glee: Marking Time

    But just when you thought Fox had gone overboard in reacting to everyone saying Jane Lynch was the best part of the show, she disappears until the third act. In the meantime, we got an episode that did little to advance the overall plot, whatever tha...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on April 28, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Article

    Idol Beat: Twice the Twain

    There's an unmistakable air of fatigue in the American Idol proceedings at this point in the season: "Idol Gives Back," which raised $45 million for worthy causes, has come and gone; the judges' save has been used; and we're down to just six contesta...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Help Rocks Off Adjust This Year's HPMA Categories

    2009 HPMA Best Blues, Best Guitarist and Local Musician of the Year Little Joe Washington ? Rocks Off is about to take the first steps down the long and winding road to this year's Houston Press Music Awards in late July, but we'd like our readers...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
  • The Walking Dead - Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

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    The Walking Dead - Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

    Texas City seems like an unlikely place for an eight-piece neo-folk, indie-rock, gypsy-influenced musical conglomerate to form. Even more unlikely is the name: Come See My Dead Person. First brought to our attention by George Banks, the Humble arc...

    by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2010
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    Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!

    At first you might mistake the name of this new band featuring Art Brut singer Eddie Argos for a joke about French collaboration under the Nazis (a Broadway musical adaptation of The Sorrow and the Pity?). But the concept here is more car-game playfu...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on May 20, 2010
  • The Hickoids, Dash Rip Rock

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    The Hickoids, Dash Rip Rock

    The Hickoids have now been a pain in Austin's smug, image-conscious ass for 25 years, and show no signs of mellowing with age. Half Jason and the Scorchers cowpunks, half deranged Monty Python satirists and 100 percent don't give a fuck, Jeff Smith a...

    by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2010
  • Collision Course - Indie-pop charmers the Wild Moccasins tighten up and toughen up on their debut LP.

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    Collision Course - Indie-pop charmers the Wild Moccasins tighten up and toughen up on their debut LP.

    Wild Moccasins, bless their hearts, are already tired of telling "the bird story." The winsome, unfailingly cheerful local indie-pop crew would much rather talk about Skin Collision Past, the debut full-length LP they're releasing this Friday at Walt...

    by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010
  • The Knitters

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    The Knitters

    "Supergroup" gets tossed around so much in these days of ever-shifting lineups and allegiances (The Dead Weather, Them Crooked Vultures), that word might as well mean the same thing as "side project." But the Knitters actually deserve such a lofty de...

    by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010
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    Steel Panther

    The last time we saw Steel Panther at House of Blues was a little over a month ago, and we sat, mouth agape, at the pantload of awesome unfolding before us for nearly two hours. The L.A.-based metal parody band made us want to kick our parents in the...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 20, 2010
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